Thursday, October 21, 2010

Allred Blasts Otter on Molina, Wolves, Mega-Loads

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred came to the steps of the State Capitol Thursday with his political guns loaded.

Allred fired a number of shots at Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter regarding wolf management, the Idaho Education Network and the shipment of mega-loads across U.S. Highway 12. But Allred made his biggest splash in attacking Otter's mismanagement of the medicaid mess involving Health and Welfare and Molina.

Molina is the California-based health-care administrator which earlier this year took over the management of the state's Medicaid system. The transition led to a months-long list of headaches, including non-payment to thousands of Idaho providers.

"I believe there's been a breach of contract," Allred told Citydesk. "Molina has fundamentally missed on fulfilling the basic obligations of the contract that I think they're in breach. We'll have to look at the exact timing and manner of ending the contract, but the pattern has been so incompetent that I just don't think they can restore trust at this point."

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Allred also put Idaho's controversy over wolf management in his sites.

"Idaho needs to resume management of the state's wolf population," said Allred. "We should be expanding state control, not giving it away to the federal government."

And Allred also lambasted Otter for only "listening to big oil companies" while supporting mega-loads of oil equipment to travel across U.S. Highway 12.

"I flat-out oppose the transit," Allred told Citydesk. "I've listened to enough residents in the region to know that the equipment should not be allowed to travel across U.S. 12."

Allred told Citydesk even if the loads were beginning to roll by January, if elected he would immediately order the Idaho Transportation Department to cease any permitting process for any further shipments.

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